EXERCISE - National Stroke Association

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EXERCISE - National Stroke Association

Interactions between medicines may cause confusion, memory loss, insomnia, nervousness and

hallucinations or can contribute to depression. If medicines are causing problems, the doctor can

often alter dosage or substitute other drugs.

Medicines should be taken in the prescribed dose at the scheduled time, including weekends

and holidays. If there are instructions to take a drug over a period of time, the prescription should

be followed.

Medicine should not be stopped because you are “feeling better,” nor should you ever take more

than has been prescribed, believing that “if so much is good, more will be better.”

To help keep track of the medicine schedule, you can use a commercial medicine dispenser. You

might also consider asking a relative or close friend to give you a daily reminder call regarding

your medicines. Ask your doctor for other suggestions and be sure to communicate any problems

you experience.

If you take medicines for chronic illness, it’s wise to carry some form of medical identification with

you in case of an accident or other emergency. This makes any doctors who treat you aware of

your current illness and prescriptions. A wallet-sized card designed for this purpose can usually

be obtained from your local pharmacy. Drug stores and medical supply houses carry identification

bracelets and necklaces that serve the same purpose.

Pain Management

Common Causes of Pain

Pain may be caused by many factors including weakness of the muscles that support the shoulder,

inflammation, or improperly fitted braces, slings or special shoes. Often the source of pain can be

traced to nerve damage, bedsores or an immobilized joint. Lying or sitting in one position for too long

causes the body and joints to stiffen and ache.

Sometimes stroke damage to the brain can make even normal touch feel painful. You may experience

one type of pain or several kinds. The key is to figure out what is causing the pain so that you can

treat it.

Types of Pain

Pain after stroke can be:

• Mild, moderate or severe

• Constant or on-and-off

• On part or all of the side of your body affected by the stroke

• Felt in your face, arm, leg or torso (trunk)

• Aching, burning, sharp, stabbing or itching.

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